Dave Cameron, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president has discarded claims that all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo were axed from the World Cup team because of their part in the debatable abandoned tour of India.
Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported that neither player was selected in the 15 man team on Saturday to participate in the International Cricket Council World Cup 2015 that starts from 14th February in Australia and New Zealand. They were also dropped for the five-match ODI series against South Africa starting this Friday.
When the Proteas team was declared last month, the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and St Vincent wrote to Dave Cameron to grumble that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had “dishonoured that undertaking” of not punishing any cricketer tangled in the India tour walk-out.
Moreover, Cameron remained immovable that the One Day Internationals (ODI) teams for both the South Africa tour and the International Cricket Council World Cup World Cup were selected on skills, merit.
On Sunday, Cameron was quoted in saying: “We have not gone back on our agreement. At the point in time we made it very clear we didn’t want to use the terminology that was being suggested, because if you made any changes to the team then that could be termed, and so we have been very, very firm that as a body we have entrusted that relationship and that decision making to some of the biggest legends we have in West Indies cricket and their judgement is what the board goes by.”
He also said that they have not disciplined anybody. If they accuse about non-cricketing reasons, they have examined the task force report. On Saturday, they had a board meeting and what they have done is examined the task force report and admitted a number of the recommendations for execution. The task force was set up by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to scrutinize the reasons behind deserting the tour and make recommendations on the way forward. Like the team for South Africa series, fast-bowler Jason Holder has been named as the captain of the West Indies team who appeared on the tour of India last October.
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